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SEC Files Financial Fraud Action “Caught on Camera”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Using images satellite images of largely vacant land parcels, the Commission filed a financial fraud action against four former officers of Mexico’s once largest home builder, Desarrolladora Homex, S.A.B.de T.C.V. or Homex....more

SEC's ALJ Dismisses Fraud Charges In High-Profile Lynn Tilton Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 27, 2017, an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) dismissed the SEC’s administrative proceeding against Lynn Tilton and four Patriarch Partners...more

DOL Settlement Agreement Provides ESOP Transaction Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS) have entered into a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, resolving a case challenging FBTS'...more

Business Planning Alert: "Selling a Business? Be Sure Your Financial House is in Order"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

When an investor makes a decision to buy a business, the focus in almost every instance is on the business's future financial performance. Accordingly, an owner who has decided to sell a business must ensure that the...more

Auditor Independence No-Action Relief Extended

In a letter dated September 22, 2017, the SEC staff agreed to extend previous relief that enables registered fund groups to fulfill regulatory requirements under Regulation S-X if the accounting firm auditing the funds’...more

The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

by Dentons on

The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims comes into force on 1 October 2017. This note deals with the key elements to be aware of. Applicability - While the Protocol is named the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims the...more

The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States - 2017 Edition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Fabry-Pérot Interferometer, SA is a highly successful non-US company known to the world as FPI. FPI is considering doing a debt or equity offering in the United States. What are the key legal issues it, and its underwriters...more

Delaware Law Updates – Anti-Reliance Provision In Merger Agreement Justifies Non-Payment Of Working Capital Deficiency

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Sparton Corp. v. O’Neil, et al., C.A. No. 12403-VCR (Del. Ch. Aug. 9, 2017) – In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed a situation in which a purchaser of a company discovered that the actual amount of...more

Go West? What the NYSE Has to Offer for Gulf IPOs

by Bracewell LLP on

Saudi Aramco’s planned IPO has put the region’s companies in sharp focus for global investors. As GCC nations continue to experience shifts in economic activity, including less government spending, more companies (both state...more

SEC Chief Accountant Speaks to Financial Statement Requirements for Initial Coin Offerings

SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker recently gave remarks at the AICPA National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions. Mr. Bricker spoke to the adoption of FASB’s new credit loss standard and related implementation...more

Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2018 Offerings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Please see Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2018 Offerings below for more information....more

SEC issues new guidance on omission of interim financial information from draft registration statements

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 17, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new guidance indicating that emerging growth companies (EGCs) and non-EGCs may omit from their nonpublic draft registration statements interim financial...more

SEC Extends IPO Accommodations by Permitting Exclusion of Interim Financial Information in Confidential Draft Registration...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance further extending an important accommodation provided to companies contemplating going public. Under the updated guidance, all issuers, including...more

SEC Reduces Financial Information Requirements for Draft Registration Statements

On August 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated its June 29, 2017 guidance on the confidential review process for draft registration statements and financial information that may be omitted from draft...more

SEC Staff Issues New C&DIs Clarifying Financial Information Required for Draft Registration Statements

On August 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Staff issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) that clarify the financial information that Emerging Growth Companies (EGCs) and non-EGCs may...more

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Draft Registration Statements, Including Omission of Interim Financial...

On August 17, 2017, the staff (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance that will streamline significantly the confidential submission process for emerging growth companies (EGCs) and...more

SEC Updates IPO Guidance: Issuers can Omit Interim Financial Information that will be Superseded

by Locke Lord LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) updated its guidance with respect to interim financial information that issuers may omit from draft registration statements. Under the updated guidance, both...more

Audit Firm And Engagement Partner Settle SEC Allegations Stemming From 2011 Audit Of A New Client

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 15, 2017, KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) and one of its engagement partners settled claims brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that they violated Section 4C of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934...more

What is the Financial Health of Your Third Parties?

by Thomas Fox on

What are some of the ways to consider third party risk, management of that risk and strategic risk in a compliance program? Typically, a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance professional will consider the ownership...more

Delaware Code Amendments Increase Franchise Taxes for Corporations

Delaware Gov. John Carney recently signed into law amendments to the Delaware Code altering certain fees and franchise taxes charged by the Delaware secretary of state. The most significant of these amendments raises the...more

The SEC (Sort of) Extends EGC Benefits to All Issuers

by White & Case LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") extended to all issuers some of the benefits that Congress granted to emerging growth companies ("EGCs") in 2012 under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act...more

Mid-Year IPO Trends - July 2017

Practical Law Company recently reviewed trends in the U.S. IPO market for the first half of 2017. In the first five months of 2017, 46 IPO issuers identified themselves as emerging growth companies (EGCs). Under the JOBS...more

PCAOB Adopts New Auditor Reporting Standard

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After more than six years of outreach and public comment, on June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) adopted a new auditor reporting standard1 that, if approved by the SEC, would significantly...more

The Case Of The Wholly Owned, But Not Totally Held, Subsidiary That May Or May Not Be 100% Owned

by Allen Matkins on

When someone says that a subsidiary is “wholly owned”, I believe that the common understanding is that the parent company owns all of the issued and outstanding equity of the subsidiary. What if the statement is that the...more

United States To Sign Covered Agreement With European Union

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative have ended the speculation about the fate of the Covered Agreement negotiated by the Obama Administration with the European Union by announcing their...more

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